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Poster: jonc Date: Sep 20, 2009 4:50pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

My understanding is that spam crawlers sniff out "mailto" links. I haven't heard of any reading XML code.

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Poster: finnobrit Date: Sep 21, 2009 3:13am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

Whatever spam harvesters have done in the past, it wouldn't be at all difficult for them to harvest all the e-mail addresses from Archive.org's XML files. Surely we should be taking precautions about this now?

If an address gets flooded with spam you change it, but if you change addresses you no longer have any access to your uploads.

The problem is that archive.org has been built around using e-mail addresses as forms of ID when really it should be using usernames (which are useless to spammers).

And also as someone says, it means that anyone who browses your uploads can get your e-mail address, which is a privacy issue that most uploaders may not be aware of. If archive.org is going to give out every uploader's e-mail address they ought to be warning people before they make an upload.